The Forest Action Plan
The Forest Action Plan (New Mexico Statewide Resources Assessment, Strategy and Response Plan) intends to guide long-term Division management. It also provides useful information to our many partners who work together to create and maintain sustainable forests and their many benefits.
The NM State Forestry Division's central purpose is to promote healthy, sustainable forests in New Mexico for the benefit of current and future generations. This mission is accomplished by working with partners interested in improving the health of the state’s forests and watersheds. The Forest Action Plan has helped the Division meet two directives: the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Health Plan (completed in 2004), which identified the need for an all-resources assessment, and the Farm Bill (2008), which requires all State Foresters to complete a Statewide Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy and Response Plan.
Here are the main objectives for the Forest Action Plan:
• Help natural resource agencies and the NM State Forestry Division use the available resources efficiently by identifying priority landscapes for the Division's programs and Districts.
• Give clear guidance to Forestry Division employees and communicate the agency's priorities to cooperators and partners.
• Provide a strategic vision for the Division to meet resource objectives over the next five years.
• Identify landscapes and resource programs where collaborative watershed restoration projects will benefit multiple partners.
The New Mexico Forestry Division offers our gratitude and acknowledgement to the New Mexico Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, particularly project manager Anne Bradley and GIS specialist Lara Miller, for their work in establishing the foundation for this document. The many partners who assisted with the project also deserve recognition and thanks, including Mike DeBonis and Eytan Krasilovsky, Forest Guild and Mitchel Hannon, Trust for Public Lands.